Feeding Frenzy [Video]

On February 25, 2021, there was a status hearing on the Dr. Lillie Sykes White guardianship case in front of Judge Terence R. Perkins of the Flagler County Court in the seventh judicial circuit of Florida. Conducted via Zoom, upwards of forty elder justice advocates and family members witnessed the proceedings much to the surprise of the judge and attorneys. All previous hearings were closed to the public. The optics were interesting: at least eight White attorneys preying on the over $4 mil...
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Press Release: Advocates Petition For Department Of Justice And Senate Special Committee On Aging To Investigate Predatory Guardianships

PRESS RELEASE ADVOCATES PETITION FOR U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING TO INVESTIGATE PREDATORY GUARDIANSHIP INDUSTRY Calls for more aggressive prosecution and the acceleration of federal reform March 3, 2021 – Flagler County, FL - The number one Netflix movie this past week was I Care a Lot and its star Rosamund Pike just won a Golden Globe.  The fictional film exposes exploitative aspects of the guardianship industry which may give you chills, but the real-life...
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Guardian Waits 12 Days To Tell Family Of Lillie’s Death [Media]

DELAND, FL. - Retired educator Dr. Lillie Sykes White died on Dec. 31. 2020 and her guardian waited 12 days to tell her sister and niece.  The family is calling the Florida guardianship “a civil rights violation."  On January 22, 2021, Adam Walser from ABC Action News Tampa Bay reported on the new developments. Watch the WFTS piece: https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/i-team-investigates/the-price-of-protection/guardian-waits-14-days-to-inform-family-members-of-their-loved-ones-covi...
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Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch Advocates For Senior Rights… from the beyond

  Today, I was looking for a certain picture of my aunt and found this - my dear mentor, historical icon and yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, advocating for Aunt Lillie in 2017. My mother and I are Tao's biographers. Tao was a lifelong activist who had marched with both Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I knew her twelve years. We spent a decade traveling together doing 66 events spanning 10 countries, including events at the United Nations, Pentagon and World Government Summi...
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Justice For Lillie: Civil Rights Fund

Eight Years Under Guardianship & Four Years In Lockdown She Died Alone And No One Told Us Help Us Get Justice for Lillie On December 31, 2020, Lillie died at the age of 92 and no one told her sister, nieces and nephews.  She had been controlled under a fraudulent guardianship for eight years and spent four years in forced isolation away from her loved one.  Even though she had a big loving family, she died alone probably thinking everyone had abandoned her.  It was death by guardianship...
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Press Release: Dr. Lillie Sykes White Dies Under Guardianship Without Loved Ones Knowing After Four Years In Lockdown

PRESS RELEASE DR. LILLIE SYKES WHITE DIES UNDER GUARDIANSHIP WITHOUT LOVED ONES KNOWING AFTER FOUR YEARS IN LOCKDOWN Florida case reveals the cruelty of unchecked power to isolate and exploit seniors in secrecy and under the guise of "protecting" them January 14, 2021 - DeLand, FL - After eight years of being attacked under a fraudulent guardianship and four years locked away from her loved ones, Dr. Lillie Sykes White died alone on December 31, 2020 at the age of 92. Her 85-year-old sister an...
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Florida Continues To Fail Seniors [Media]

TALLAHASSEE, FL. - Florida continues to fall short on protecting seniors from the predatory guardianship system. Instead, it seems like the Florida Department of Elder Affairs has a mandate to protect rogue guardians versus the elderly. The state continues to allow professional guardians who violate state law to practice. On July 23, 2020, Adam Walser from ABC Action News Tampa Bay reported on their investigation, which included the Lillie Sykes White case. Watch the WFTS piece: https://www.a...
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Advocacy Efforts Gets Covered By Florida News [Media]

TALLAHASSEE, FL. - The Elder Dignity advocacy efforts this week made it on the 5 o'clock news in Florida. I flew to Tallahassee from New York on January 28th to speak at the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting re: SB 944 on guardianship. A handful of advocates traveled hundreds of miles to share their voices and concerns. The next day, a number of us did a media interview with Mike Vasilinda of Capitol News Service. Afterwards, fellow advocate Doug Franks and I staged an impromptu protest that...
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Meeting With Secretary After Impromptu Protest

TALLAHASSEE, FL. - Florida's guardianship system is terribly broken and it took a slightly rogue move--which ended up making the 5 o'clock news--to finally get a meeting with leadership. After an interview with Mike Vasilinda of Capitol News Service, the day's schedule was fairly open. Our team of advocates, who had driven from across Florida to participate in the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on January 28th, was dispersing to head home. Fellow advocate Doug Franks and I were the only tw...
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